The class syllabus is this Web site. Please carefully read the whole thing.
Read: Read S-S Ch. 2, Rhetorics of Animal Progress.
OPTIONAL: Read Lorenz chapter On Feline Play, from the Online Course Reader.
Read S-S Ch. 3, Rhetorics of Child Play.
OPTIONAL: Read Miller Ends, Means, and Galumphing from the Online Course Reader.
Read S-S Ch. 4, Rhetorics of Fate
Please bring some object that you play with to class today.
Please Register for a blog account and set your password by class time today.
Read S-S Ch. 8, Rhetorics of the Imaginary.
First blog post due.
First reading diary check-in. Bring your reading diary to class.
Read S-S Ch. 10, Rhetorics of Self.
OPTIONAL: Read Hearn Ch. 1 of A Critical Theory of Play from the Online Course Reader.
Read S-S Ch. 11, Rhetorics of Frivolity.
Read Suits chapter from S-Z, Construction of a Definition.
Second blog post due.
Read Huizinga chapter from S-Z, Nature and Significance of Play as a Cultural Phenomenon.
OPTIONAL: Read Geertz chapter Deep Play, from the Online Course Reader.
Read Caillois chapter from S-Z,
Fieldwork and third blog post due.
Read Hughes chapter from S-Z, Why are Rooie Rules Nice?
Read Chick chapter from S-Z, Shoot Club: The Doom 3 Review.
Read always_black chapter from S-Z, "Bow, Nigger."
Read Koster chapter from S-Z, Declaring the Rights of Players.
Read Dibbell, A Rape in Cyberspace from the Online Class Reader.
OPTIONAL: Read Sandvig article The Internet at Play from the online course reader.
Second reading diary check-in. Bring your reading diary to class.
Read the first Jenkins chapter from S-Z (starting on p. 330), Video Games as Gendered Play Spaces.
OPTIONAL: Read Stephenson Ch. 4 Play Theory from the online course reader.
Read Mochan chapter from S-Z, How to be a Cheap Ass.
Read Rouse III chapter from S-Z, Game Analysis: Centipede.
Sixth blog post due.
Read Sniderman chapter from S-Z, Unwritten Rules.
Read Crowe & Bradford article Hanging Out in Runescape from the online course reader.
OPTIONAL: Read Malone article Toward a Theory of Intrinsically Motivating Instruction from the online course reader.
Read Church chapter from S-Z, Formal Abstract Design Tools.
Read Poundstone from S-Z, Game Theory.
Read Bartle chapter from S-Z, Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades: Players Who Suit MUDs.
OPTIONAL: Read Stephenson Ch. 15 Play Theory of Mass Communication Broadly Considered from the online course reader.
Read Mateas & Stern chapters from S-Z, Interaction and Narrative.
Seventh blog post due SATURDAY 3/31!
Read DeKoven chapter from S-Z, Changing the Game.
Read Garfield chapter from S-Z, The Design of Magic: The Gathering.
Read Birdwell chapter from S-Z, The Cabal: Valve's Design Process for Creating Half-Life.
OPTIONAL: Read the section of the Gadamer chapter Play as the Clue to Ontological Explanation in the online course reader.
Read Bjork & Holopainen chapter from S-Z, Games and Design Patterns.
Read LeBlanc chapter from S-Z, Tools for Creating Dramatic Game Dynamics.
Eighth Blog post due.
ROOM CHANGE: Meet at Volition lobby, 1 Main St., Champaign at 11:15 a.m.
Read Costikyan chapter from S-Z, I Have No Words and I Must Design.
Read Farmer & Morningstar chapter from S-Z, The Lessons of Lucasfilm's Habitat.
Ninth blog post due.
ROOM CHANGE: Class will meet in 291 Undergraduate Library (UGL)
Read Beard article Clones, Bones, and Twilight Zones Part I and II only from the Online Course Reader.
OPTIONAL: Read Lenoir article All But War is Simulation, from the Online Course Reader.
Project V. 1 due.
You must e-mail the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org) a message with the subject line "Project URL" including a working URL to your V. 1 project before the start of class today (11:00 a.m.). If you do not send this email we will assume your project is on Segue. If the URL doesn't work (check for typos!) or we can't find your project (e.g., there's no URL e-mail and it isn't on Segue) this means you didn't submit a project.
Enrique Carmona Cort
Third Reading Diary check-in.
Update the Web site URL that you previously sent with V. 2 of your final project by 1:30 p.m. Be sure to test to ensure that your Web site is reachable.
Deposit your reading diary and any fieldwork consent forms in the Coordinated Science Laboratory Mail Room, room 204 CSL mailbox for "A. Rickman." or (if they are digital) e-mail them to email@example.com.
Any remaining presentation feedback forms left in class and/or your graded reading diaries can be picked up by arranging this via email with Aimee.